Orthopedic Surgery Specialist

Pacifica Orthopedics

Orthopedic Specialists located in Huntington Beach, CA

When pain and limited mobility stop you from enjoying your favorite activities, and nonsurgical treatment hasn’t helped, orthopedic surgery may repair the problem and get you on the road to recovery. Emile Wakim, MD, and Robert Ahearn, MD, at Pacifica Orthopedics have extensive experience performing orthopedic surgery to treat a range of conditions, from musculoskeletal trauma and sports injuries to degenerative diseases. To learn whether orthopedic surgery may improve your health and well-being, call the office in Huntington Beach, California, or book an appointment online.

Orthopedic Surgery

What conditions do orthopedic surgeons treat?

Orthopedic surgeons are experts in the full scope of nonsurgical and surgical care. For most orthopedic conditions, treatment begins with nonsurgical solutions, such as immobilizing or bracing the injury, medications, and physical therapy.

Surgery is usually considered only after all other treatment options fail to improve your symptoms. However, some orthopedic conditions may require surgery as the first line of treatment.

Drs. Wakim and Ahearn may recommend immediate surgery to treat a complex fracture, to stabilize a joint, prevent disease progression, and promote optimal healing.

These are only a few examples of the orthopedic problems that may need surgery:

  • ACL and meniscal tear
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Extremity trauma
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee and hip arthritis
  • Ankle fracture and chronic instability
  • Spine disorders and lower back pain

Any time you develop pain, limited mobility, or an injury affecting your muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues, surgical and nonsurgical treatments are available at Pacifica Orthopedics.

What are the different types of orthopedic surgery?

There are many different types of orthopedic surgery procedures. They each target specific parts of your body and use diverse methods depending on the underlying problem. This list  gives you a few examples of surgical procedures frequently performed:

  • Bone fusion to relieve pain, restore stability, and correct deformities
  • Internal fixation to hold a fractured bone in place while it heals
  • Joint replacement to restore range of motion to injured and arthritic joints
  • Tendon and ligament repair surgery

One member of the team at Pacifica Orthopedics, Dr. Ahearn, specializes in spine surgery and hip replacement surgery. He also has extensive experience in treating extremity trauma.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive orthopedic surgery?

Dr. Wakim specializes in minimally invasive surgery and arthroscopy for joint, tendon, and ligament problems.

Minimally invasive procedures use a few small incisions and specialized surgical tools designed to fit through narrow tubes that are inserted in the incision.

Compared to open surgery with a large incision, minimally invasive surgery is less traumatic. As a result, you’ll have:

  • Less postoperative pain
  • Less bleeding
  • Quicker recovery
  • Little to no muscle damage
  • Minimal scarring

When pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatment and you need orthopedic surgery, call the experts at Pacifica Orthopedics or book an appointment online.